I'm planning a trip to Lake Marion in South Carolina this September. I'll be taking a guide out for at least one day, but I've considered pulling my 17' bass boat down and trying to find them (cats) myself. From the DVD's I've watched, it looks like the lake (during fair weather) would be manageable in a 17' boat, but I'm sure most fishing is done from pontoons. Or, with the price of gas (towing the boat and the gas I'd use on the lake), you think I'd be better off to hire guides for the time I'd be there? Anyone ever been there and if so, how was your experience?